Reboot and reap the rewards


Around the time I went to Tenerife in March I felt like my hair was going through a misbehaving spell, a bad patch. I’ve always said there’s no such thing as a bad hair day just the wrong products but I knew I had all the right products; Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, Percy and Reed Shampoos, Liz Earle Conditioner, Colour Wow Brass Banned Mousse, Decleor oil and the list goes on. I’ve got the lot, but my hair just didn’t want to behave and looked tired and dull. I decided a trip to the hairdresser and a significant dead end chop would be just the job, unfortunately everyone else had the same idea and I just couldn’t get an appointment. Plan B was to take the matter into my own hands (literally).

As someone who has to look at least reasonable on the telly box I end up washing my hair about five times a week and according to my good ole Mum, that’s too much. She reminded me how good my hair was when I returned from ‘Shipwrecked’ the programme – stranded for 3 months on an uninhabited island with nothing – no shampoo, conditioner or even a hair brush!

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So I decided that I would re-enact the experience over a much shorter time frame and go the whole week on holiday in Tenerife enforcing on myself a haircare ban. The theory behind it being that my hair would regenerate its own natural oils and re condition itself in seven days. At the same time I also decided to go fully make-up free for the week too and allow my skin to breathe freely. I did allow a cleanse, tone, moisturise regime and used Ultrasun for SPF protection. I dreaded it a little at first wondering how scruffy and greasy I might look; but as days went by I felt (and looked) like a bit of a hippy, it was lovely.

Three days into the rebootThe whole week felt very natural, it was completely liberating. I looked a state most days but I didn’t care because I had purpose and a curiosity about whether it would work. I’ve got to say both my hair and skin responded duly. As days went by my breakouts cleared up and although my hair went from slightly greasy to really greasy – I persevered for the rest of the week. The picture is of me three days into the reboot wearing the Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Mask.

The end of the holiday came and I reluctantly gave up my hippy lifestyle once I returned home. The results were obvious to me. My skin was clear, I looked fresh-faced but my hair was amazing, it had it’s gloss back, it felt soft and had a really fresh vibrancy about it. Now you might say that’s what a relaxing holiday does for you but I reckon there’s method in my madness and both my skin and hair rebooted themselves.

I was still in desperate need of a haircut but still couldn’t get a convenient appointment. Against my better judgement, common sense and the advice of just about everyone I grabbed some scissors and set to work like some sort of crazed and dazed Edwina Scissorhands and lopped off a good four inches! What had I done? It wasn’t so bad actually but I would highly advise against doing it.
Self haircut aside, I was delighted with my little reboot experiment. Would you be willing to try the reboot route? I know it’s not always possible and practical but don’t be married to your regime, try something new or try doing nothing at all. Let me know how you get on.




  1. Kim Pontin April 11, 2015 at 6:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, I was really interested in your blog as I was like you – using every product under the sun on my hair! Then due to illness I was unable to wash it for some time. It was really dreadful for about a week but then – amazing! It seemed to really ‘self clean’ and when I finally did get around to washing it the results were great! Full of bounce and so healthy! As for no make-up – I really admire you for that! I would love to go make-up
    free for a day but alas I just can’t!! Too scary for me and all those around me! Thanks for making QVC such fun to watch – always enjoy your shows. Best wishes – Kim

  2. Chloe April 13, 2015 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kim,

    Hope that you are much better now, sometimes our bodies just tell us to slow down. Glad you enjoy QVC and I hope your hair is behaving now!! Xx

  3. Melissa Lane April 13, 2015 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,

    I totally agree with the hair thing. When I have felt too poorly to wash my hair it goes through this terrible lank and greasy stage then almost gets past that and starts to look better. Then when I wash it, it’s fabulous. I won’t be trying the selfie hair cut thing. Yours looks good but mine would end up like it had been cut with a knife and fork! I don’t know about the skin reboot. I am rather addicted to my regimes. I find them pleasurable. Maybe a simplified version for a while.

    Take care,

    Love Melissa xxx

  4. Sally Anne April 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe. My mums like your mum “you don’t need to wash your hair all the time!” Saying that though I only use my body wash as a shampoo. SBC collagen shower gel it seems to work well! Condition once a month. No products! Can you tell I’m not a hair girl? I only use makeup when I go out, usually bareMinerals. I’m not a makeup girl either! On another note, my council is holding a meeting about the “exciting prospect of outdoor gyms for parks in my area” Green Gym. How about that! If they are thinking bout it in Knowsley then maybe it will happen ’round your way! All the best Sally x

  5. Susanne May 25, 2015 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Chloe

    My family’s Austrian and this is something they drill into women from quite a young age – to leave hair and skin alone for as long as you can bear it. Not sure whether it’s to do with not putting ‘chemicals’ onto and into your body or just to leave hair/skin alone to reboot itself (probably a combination of the two).

    But it’s worked – I’m nearly 59 and have no lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, blemishes (bar the odd one due to menopause) and people are always stunned when my age crops up in conversation, so there must be something in it.

    P.S. You still look stunning without makeup. Sadly, I don’t – but no-ones sees me! x

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